Whenever mobile malware comes up, the usual reports detail new malicious apps that are found to affect Android, while iOS remains largely unaffected by such programs. However, The New York Times now says that security researchers have discovered a sophisticated malware attack that’s currently spreading in Hong Kong between Occupy Central protesters, and which is able to infect and then spy upon both Android and iOS devices. More →
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week, you’ve probably heard that quite a few celebrities have had their personal iCloud accounts hacked into, with thieves being able to retrieve compromising pictures and videos from existing cloud backups. Some hackers apparently did it just for the fun of it, while others did it for the money. Other hackers, meanwhile, might be trying to profit from the increased interest in celebrities’ nude photos by attempting to use their notoriety to engage in phishing attacks. More →
Unfortunate though it may be, the simple fact is that most of us don’t take mobile security as seriously as we should. The idea of running a PC without antivirus software and malware protection is crazy to most people, but Android devices and other smartphones and tablets are the new frontier for hackers and malicious software makers looking to steal your private data.
It’s time to get serious about mobile security. More →
Following the many cases of malware attacks targeting various retail stores to steal personal customer data, including Target, Neiman Marcus, or P.F. Chang’s, UPS is the next in line to acknowledge such a security breach. The Wall Street Journal reports that 51 UPS locations have been hit in a heist where hackers have accessed data for approximately 105,000 customer transactions between January and August.
The malware protection that comes with Apple’s walled-off garden is only so good as long as you stay in that confined space, as otherwise hackers will be able to attack you with malicious programs. Specifically, jailbroken iPhones, which can install any iOS app whether it’s approved by Apple or not, are obviously susceptible to malware attacks, and a Virus Bulletin advisory notice details one such malicious program that has infected at least 75,000 iOS devices to date. More →
A new piece of dangerous malware has apparently been discovered, RT.com reports, and it’s running on more than half a million Android devices from the U.S., Europe and Russia. The malicious program, which has been discovered by Russian security firm Group-IB, gives attackers complete control of those devices once it’s installed. More →
Luuuk is the name of a mysterious Trojan that was discovered in early 2014 after having allowed its creators to steal more than €500,000, or about $680,000, in just seven days by performing “Man-in-the Browser” attacks. Kaspersky found the threat on January 20th, and it affected 190 customers of an unnamed bank that operates in Italy and Turkey. More →
Even various legit Android apps have been found to have additional hidden powers, which is why it shouldn’t surprise us that one more piece of malware has apparently made it to the Google Play Store. FireEye, the security firm that discovered the malicious app, worked with Google to have the app removed from the store after finding that it was able to steal user data including SMS messages, certificates and even banking details. More →
Android’s malware problem has taken a new twist, as such apps now come bundled with certain phones. Instead of creating apps that can pack hidden, malicious capabilities, some device makers in China are apparently ready to ship smartphones with built-in malware. Such is the case with the Star N9500, a Galaxy S4 clone from China, which comes with a Trojan on board masquerading as the Google Play Store, German publication Heise reports. More →
Researchers at Symantec have discovered that previously known phishing malware for Android has been further developed into a sophisticated weapon that can perform various other malicious activities, and that can work together with similar apps for Windows, Ars Technica reports. Called iBanking, the malware is available to individuals with malicious intentions for around $5,000. More →
Target on Monday announced that Gregg Steinhafel, the company’s CEO, President and Chairman of the board, has stepped down from all positions following the massive credit card hack the company had been hit with late last year. More →
While most reports detail Android malware efforts from malicious parties looking to take advantage of Android’s popularity in order to steal personal data and money from users, iOS isn’t completely safe from malware. A Reddit user has discovered an application running in the background on an iOS device that turned out to be a malware application hunting for Apple IDs. However, there’s a big catch that allows the app to work: the attacked iOS devices have to be jailbroken first. Moreover, the user will have to download certain apps from untrusted sources after the jailbreak, to get this new piece of software. More →
After LaCie announced earlier this week it was the victim of a massive credit card breach that lasted for a year, crafts store Michaels revealed in a press release that hackers may have stolen credit card data for 3 million of its customers, including buyers that shopped at its Aaron Brothers subsidiary. The company has hired two independent security firms to conduct an extensive investigation, which revealed that payment systems in Michaels and Aaron Brothers stores were attacked by “highly sophisticated malware” that had not been seen before by either firm. More →